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cabrillo civic clubs of california

1. Applicants must be of Portuguese descent and be a USA citizen or permanent resident.

2. Applicants must have maintained a minimum of 3.5 Total GPA for grades 9-12.

3. Applicants must have participated in at least three (3) extra-curricular activities while in high school 

4. Three (3) letters of recommendation.

5. Applicants must complete the application, including an essay.

Deadline: March 10, 2020

Click here for online application.

Paper application available at the Career Center

Further information, please contact:

Rachel Tatro


Phone: 916-396-3182



San Mateo Credit union's educational 

 This year, SMCU is offering two $ 5.000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors to help cover costs such as tuition, housing, books and meals.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Scholarships are available to class of 2020 high school seniors and to 2019 graduates who took a gap year and are enrolling in a college or technical school for the first time.
  • Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or greater  and must upload an unofficial transcript and SAT/ACT scores (if applicable)
  • Applicants must provide a typed essay of at least 500 words about a time you helped someone in need and explain how creating a culture of giving could impact your community, school, or family.
  • Deadline submission: Friday, March 27, by : 11:59 pm.
  • Additional details and online application available at:

scholarships 101

Begin your scholarship search with SF State scholarship website at for more than 700 campus and external scholarship opportunities, essay writing tips and helpful links. You must apply to each scholarship separately based on eligibility requirements. 

SF State Scholarship Resources:

Use the following website to review and apply for SF State and private scholarship opportunities using essay-writing tips and other helpful links.

  • Fellowships Office- Provides assistance in applying for nationally competitive fellowships as well as systemwide awards offered by the CSU:
  • Campus Academic Resource Program- Provides helps in writing scholarship essays. Contact the office at 415.405.0316 
  • Students Enrichment Opportunities Office- Provides funding academic support and research experience to prepare students from underrepresented groups for biomedical careers:
  • Other Resources- Free online scholarship search service: 
  • Resources for undocumented students: 

Increase your chances of winning a scholarship:

  • Apply for as many scholarships as possible, make sure you meet all eligibility requirements before applying
  • Emphasize your academic achievements, leadership, ability, exceptional talents and community involvement.
  • Follow specific directions, including those related to the length of your scholarship essay.
  • Write in your own voice and make sure your essay conveys your character, personality, values and experiences.
  • Have several strong writers proofread your essay for structure, grammar, redundancy and logic.
  • Never pay a fee to apply for a scholarship, know you should NEVER be asked to pay for one.

cap bay area

A college scholarship opportunity for low-income Bay Area students.

CAP is a leader in empowering low-income students to succeed in college and life. What makes CAP different is its combination of personalized coaching, financial literacy training, and scholarships. Upon graduation, CAP students are equipped with the skills to build meaningful careers and positively contribute to society. 


Eligibility Requirements:

  • Planning to attend a 4-year college or university
  • Expected Family Contribution (EFC) below $5.000 (from the FAFSA or Dream Act Application)
  • Residence and attending San Mateo County high school


  • 1-1 College Coaching
  • A personal Financial Services Coordinator
  • Up to $5.000 of need-based scholarship funding annually for a maximum of 5 years
  • Professional and peer networking opportunities


Questions? Email: 

eQuality collaborative

eQuality Scholarship Collaborative

$6,000 Scholarships


WHO: Graduating high school students in Northern and Central California.

WHY: To recognize service to the LGTB+ community

WHAT: Scholarships may be used at any accredited post-secondary institution-college, university, or trade school.

WHEN: Applications must be completed by January 31, 2020.

WHERE: For information and to apply, go to




sons of italy western foundation

The Grand Lodge of California, Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America, offers the availability to apply to two different scholarships for graduating seniors in the class of 2020.

  • Academic Award scholarship for high school seniors
  • Italian Language Study Grants in Italy, for high school seniors for the summer of 2020

The requirements applying for a scholarship or Student Grant with the Order Sons and Daughters of Italy, Grand Lodge of California is as follow:

  • Applicant MUST BE wholly or partially of Italian descent
  • Applicants MUST BE enrolled in an accredited College or University in the fall of 2020.

Deadline for all applications is March 1, 2020

Online application available at:

  • Paper application available at the Career Center



PFLAG- Parents, Families, Friends, LGBTQ People and Allies United for Equality

A scholarship for high school seniors who reside in or attend high school in Santa Clara or San Mateo counties. The scholarships are awarded to students of any gender identity or sexual orientation, whose history, activities and personal plans demonstrate support for justice and equality for LGBTQ+ persons. Up to five $6,000 scholarship awards are available for graduating seniors attending a two or four-year college, university, or business/technical school in the fall of 2020.

WHO: College bound high school seniors.

WHY: To recognize and reward Service and/or Activism in support of the LGBTQ community.

WHAT: Scholarships may be used at any accredited post-secondary institution; college, university or trade school.

WHEN: Applications must be submitted online by January 31, 2020

WHERE: For information and to apply go to:

youth on course

About Youth on Course:

The core purpose of Youth on Course is to provide youth with access to life-changing opportunities through golf. This year approximately 25 scholarships will be awarded ranging from $4,000 to $20,000 to be distributed over four years.

To be considered for a scholarship:

  • You must be a high school senior with a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Scholarships are both need and merit based
  • You must be accepted for enrollment at a four-year college/university.
  • You need to be a member of Youth on Course. You can join at :
  • To apply visit:

All materials must be completed & submitted by: February 17,2020

italian catholic federation

The Italian Catholic Federation (I.C.F) is a National Roman Catholic Fraternal Organization composed of persons of Italian ancestry (including their non-Italian spouses) who are of the Roman Catholic Faith.

One of the many programs of the Federation is to offer college scholarships to further the education of students with a cumulative GPA of 3.2 and meet of:

  • 1) Are Roman Catholic and of Italian Descent
  • 2) If either Roman Catholic parent, guardian or grandparent is a member of the Italian Catholic Federation, the student must be Roman Catholic but need not to be of Italian Descent.

Interested students visit the website:

Application deadline is March 15, 2020

For more information call the organization office: 1-888-423-1924

inspirAsian scholarship program

2020 Program Details:

Applicants must meet ALL of the following requirements:

  • Full-time high school senior in good academic standing (minimum unweighted cumulative GPA 3.40 on 4-point scale), of any ethnic or cultural background, who plan to attend an accredited college or university (2-year and 4-year) in fall 2020.
  • Citizens or permanent residents of the United States.
  • 15 National InspirASIAN scholarships worth $2,000 each. 4 state scholarships worth $1,000 each to Northern California. 

Students interested in applying will need to complete the scholarship application that includes a students essay. The completed application will need to be uploaded through their online submission page. All applications are due before January 31, 2020. Students who make it into the final round will also be required to send in an official high school transcript. 

For information and to apply click here.


san bruno community foundation 

Crestmoor Neighborhood Memorial Scholarships are available on a competitive basis as follow:

  • For graduating high school who will enroll at a four year college $20,000 ($5,000 per year for up to four years)
  • For graduating seniors who will enroll at a community college $5,000 ($2,500 per year for up to two years)

Eligibility Requirements applicants must:

  • ECHS students who live in San Bruno
  • Plan to enroll during the fall 2020 as a first- year student at an accredited four-year college or university or an accredited community college.  
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or for AB 540 students the California Dream Act Application.
  • Online application 

For application and information click here

Questions? Email  or call 650-763-0775


san mateo oca 2020

Applicants need to complete one application, for all scholarships available in the program.


Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Identify as Asian Pacific American
  • Intend to enroll in college/university in the fall of 2020
  • Attend the Scholarship Awards Ceremony on Sunday (noon), May 03, 2020 in San Mateo
  • Financial need 
  • Community service and volunteerism
  • Leadership and creativity
  • SAT scores and/or GPA
  • Deadline to apply (POSTMARKED) March 13, 2020
  • PAPER APPLICATION/ available at the Career Center 


How to afford college

                             Scholarship America's Guide on "How to Afford College"

A publication of Scholarship America in collaboration with U.S. News & World Report. For detail on each step please visit:  


STEP 1: Fill out the FAFSA

  • Apply for a Personal Identification Number (PIN)
  • Complete the FAFSA on the Web
  • Fill out your FAFSA
  • Find identification numbers
  • Calculate total earnings and tax return amounts
  • Follow the directions

STEP 2: Search for Scholarships in Multiple Places

  • Search engines
  • Resource sites
  • Social media
  • School
  • Community

STEP 3: Begin your Application Early

  • Be prepared
  • Be complete
  • Be careful
  • Be on time

STEP 4: Write a Compelling Essay

  • Know your audience
  • Plan far in advance
  • Make it personal and passionate
  • Find an editor

STEP 5: Ask for a Recommendation Letter

  • Choose the right person
  • Don't wait until the last minute 
  • Ask nicely
  • Say thank you

STEP 6: Say "Thank You"

  • Get out your stationary
  • Properly address the letter
  • Start simple
  • Be personal
  • Write legibly and spell everything correctly
  • If you are comfortable, allow the scholarship sponsor to share your letter
  • End with simple "thank you"
  • Sign it. 

2020 northern california cherry blossom

The 2020 Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival is pleased to announce the 33rd year of the annual Community Scholarship program for graduating seniors of Japanese descent. 

Eligibility: Applicant must be a graduating senior of Japanese American descent, with a grade point average minimum of 2.5 on a scale of 4.0. Applicant should be actively involved in her/his local community.

Deadline: Received  no later than Saturday, March 5, 2020

PAPER APPLICATION; available at the school Career Center 


bright minds scholarships

America's # 1 college for students with learning disabilities.


Beacon's Bright Minds Scholarships, recognize and reward college-bound seniors who have a diagnosed learning difference.

Application deadline: March 15, 2020

Apply at:


society of women engineers -swe

The Golden Gate Section of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE-GGS) is pleased to announce its 2019-2020 High School Scholarship Program.

Scholarship is geared toward graduating female students pursuing degrees in engineering or computer science. Applications will be judged by a committee of engineers from the Golden Gate Section who represent different fields of engineering. Applications will be evaluated based on academic achievement, references, extracurricular activities, and a personal essay. Quality of the application and student financial needs will be also considered. 

  • PAPER APPLICATION: please pick up a copy at the Career Center.

Deadline to apply: Postmarked Friday, March 20, 2020 

student insights

The 2020 Student-View Scholarship Program is offering $12,000 worth of scholarships to high school seniors who plan to attend a four-year college, community/junior college or career school. The program includes:


  • One $5,000 scholarship
  • Two $1,000 scholarships 
  • Ten $500 scholarships

It's quick and easy to apply:

  • No minimum SAT/ACT score or grade point average
  • No essay required
  • No lengthy application forms
  • No application fees

Don't wait, Scholarship deadline is April 22, 2020. Simply log on to: and complete a 15-20 minute application survey about colleges in your area. 

japanese american citizens league- jacl 

The San Mateo Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) is pleased to announce their scholarship program for the 2019-2020 school year. Eligible high school seniors are invited to submit an application by March 2, 2020. 

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicants must be an active National JACL members at either an individual or Student/Youth Level (parent membership will not meet this requirement)
  • Applicants will be partially judged on their involvement in the JA/Asian American community other institution of higher learning within the United States.
  • Applicants for JACL membership can be obtained at:

Application Requirements:

  • One letter of recommendation
  • An official high school transcript
  • A verification of SAT/ACT transcript
  • A personal statement of no more than two pages on the topic question presented in the application must be included
  • An interview with JACL scholarship committee members is part of the application process
  • Application must be postmarked no later than March 2, 2020
  • Completed applications must be sent to: 

Mary Jo Kubota-Arcarese

Scholarship Chair c/o Japanese American Community Center

415 South Claremont Street

San Mateo, CA 94401

  • Pick up a paper application at the school Career Center. 

san mateo county trial lawyers association

Are you a high school senior who is interested in pursuing a career in the law? The San Mateo County Trial Lawyers Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of justice, preservation of the system, and the protection of the rights of the consumers and injury victims. 

Each year the San Mateo County Trial Lawyers Association awards three scholarships to high school seniors interested in law or criminal justice careers. This year, the awards total $7,500 ( a $3,500 award, a $2,500, and a $1,500 award).

In order to be eligible for one of these scholarship awards, you must submit an essay, not exceed 750 words, describing your reason for choosing this career path. Essays must include the student's name, address, telephone number, and high school. Please mail application to:

  • San Mateo County Trial Lawyers Association c/o William A. Bauld, Esq.

177 Bovet Road, Sixth Floor

San Mateo, CA 94402

Essay/application must be submitted by March 31, 2020. Please visit the school Career Center for more details and application. 

college scholarship program

Cal Water has established a scholarship program to assist students residing within its service areas, who plan to continue their education in college or vocational school programs. Scholarships are offered each year for full-time study at an accredited institution of the student's choice. 

Students can get more information about the Cal Water Scholarship program and start the application process online.



  • Plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two- or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school for the entire upcoming academic year.
  • Not be the child of a current or former employee of California Water Service (Cal Water). 
  • Enrollment for the 2020 scholarship program is open from Friday, January 24 to Friday, April 10, 2020

pb&j scholarship

Open to students who have experienced challenges in their life and who have the drive to succeed.


  • Open to all college-bound seniors at El Camino High School
  • Attending an accredited two-year or four-year college in fall 2020 
  • Priory deadline: May 31, 2020
  • Amount: $500- $1,000
  • Apply here

filipino advocates for justice

Filipino Advocates for Justice (FAJ) started in Oakland in 1973. Their mission is to build a strong and empowered Filipino community by organizing constituents, developing leaders, providing services, and advocating for policies that promote social and economic justice and equity. 

Eligibility requirements:

  • Of Filipino descent (full to 50% Filipino)
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • If selected, attend an award ceremony and luncheon with the scholarship benefactors
  • And the following year, attend the luncheon for the next recipient
  • Transcript of Academic Records to be mailed directly by high school to the address listed below
  • Copy of FAFSA or parent/guardian's Tax Return
  • Letter of Admission to an accredited college or university 

Note: this is a paper application. Available at the school Career Center

Award: $5000 Scholarship. if attending Community College the award is $2,500

Mail the package to:

Filipino Advocate for Justice

310- 8th St., Ste 309

Oakland, CA 94607

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Horatio Alger

Receive up to $25,000 for College With The Horatio Alger Scholarship.

If integrity, determination, and courage describe you- you have what it takes to be a Horatio Alger Scholar. This scholarship rewards students who possess the character to succeed in life helping students overcome the financial barriers of pursuing higher education. 

To qualify you must have at least a 2.0 GPA and require financial assistance to attend college. 


The eligibility criteria to be considered for Horatio Alger National and State Scholarships are as follows:

  • Be enrolled full-time as a high school senior in the United States with plans to enter college no later than the Fall semester following graduation.
  • Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a bachelor's degree at an accredited non-profit public or private institution in the United States (students may start their studies at a two-year institution and then transfer to a four-year institution).
  • Demonstrate critical financial need ($55,000 or lower adjusted gross family income is required).
  • Be involved in co-curricular and community service activities.
  • Display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity.
  • Hold a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0
  • Be a United States citizen.

To learn more and apply, visit: 

Deadline to apply: October 25, 2019. 




Quest Bridge

National College Match for High School Seniors. Full four-year scholarships to the nation's top colleges. 


Are you a low-income student who has excelled academically, but feels that the nation's best colleges are financially out of reach?

The Quest Bridge National College Match was created for students like you. QuestBridge believes that you deserve to reach your full academic potential, regardless of your financial background. Through the National College Match you can be admitted to a top college with a guaranteed full four-year scholarship.

  • How Does It Work? The National College Match is a college and scholarship application process through which you can apply for early admissions to multiple high selective colleges for free using one application. Finalists who are matched will receive a full-four-year College Match Scholarship from the college. These generous financial aid packages are loan- free with a $0 parental contribution, and are worth more than $200,000. Finalists who are not matched have additional opportunities to receive admission and financial aid packages that are often as generous as a full scholarship.
  • Eligibility: The National College Match is open to high school seniors who demonstrate:
  1. Academic Achievement and Strength in Character:  Primarily A's in the most challenging courses available. Strong writing ability, and motivation to succeed. Class rank and test scores are also evaluated.
  2. Financial Need: Household income of less than $65,000 annually (for a typical family of four) with minimal assets.
  • Typical Finalists Often:
  • Rank in the top 5-10% of the class
  • Score >1310 on the SAT or >28 on the ACT (if taken)
  • Are among the first generation in their family to attend a four-year-college
  • Qualify for free or reduced- price lunch


  • Application Components: Complete the free online National College Match. Referrals are not required to apply. The application include:
  • Academic and financial information
  • Essays and short answers
  • Current high school transcript
  • Two teacher recommendation letters
  • Secondary School Report from high school counselor
  • Any available standardized test scores



  • Apply at: 


Good Tidings Foundation

The 2018 Good Tidings Community Service Scholarship Application is now available. This scholarship is an excellent opportunity for low-income high school seniors who have committed themselves to community service. The organization is offering 10 scholarships for $ 10,000 to each winner. Total amount awarded: $1000,000. 

Applications are submitted online. They can be accessed at or here.




Applications are due November 14, 2019

Scholarship Information

Throughout the year, the College & Career Center will have available new scholarship information. To request an application, please visit  Mrs. Dielacher in the Counseling office. 

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